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Latest posts by bookmonster

Snowdrops

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 14:27

It never hurts to try, I got a pack half price in about November last year, and they all came up. Only 1 flowered - but they should all have a go in the spring.

Protecting Chard and Spinach

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 08:38

Great, I will do similar and see how they last. I have found, similarly, that the spinach beet I netted was eaten more than before it was netted. Not sure if the netting prevented the birds picking off minibeasts, or if the leaves were closer together and easier to eat.

Protecting Chard and Spinach

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 19:32

I have some chard and perpetual spinach/spinach beet I'm hoping to overwinter. Does anyone have experience of doing this? How much protection do they need, if any?

On a related note, so far this summer the local wildlife (slugs, caterpillars etc) have eaten more of my spinach beet and rocket than we have. Has anyone had success in protecting these? Space is tight and I am growing them between other vegetables in some places.

Thanks in advance!

re- what to grow next year

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 08:10

I can't comment on weed killer - I use pelleted chicken manure to fertilise the soil (much like fish, blood and bone to use), and feed things that need it with tomato food or seaweed extract. I have swiss chard and perpetual spinach (spinach beet) growing now. If you're looking for things for next year rocket and other salad leaves are really easy, and I'm having a go at overwintering some spring onions this year.

Dissapointed

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 18:51

Have you thought about using perennial wildflowers as the backbone of the meadow? I have some harebells in a border, and plan to grow red clover and bird's foot trefoil as plugs to naturalise in an area of grass. Picking a selection of the varieties that work best, if you can identify them, could be a good idea.

 

 

Covering or hiding old tree stumps

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 16:15

We have ferns growing round the stump in our garden, and soloman's seal. The stump is a foot or so high, and totally covered by the foliage. We were aiming to make a feature of it in a 'woodland ' corner.

beetroot-glut

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 12:45

Try it boiled in salads. Would beetroot mash, like carrot/swede do?

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 16:57

Thanks BobTheGardener. It's my first time with them, so we'll have to see. It's supposed to be a resistant variety, and I've heard cutting them to the ground after flowering helps, so we'll see

 

first-veggie-garden

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 16:55

What's the site/location of your garden like? I started growing beans, which are usually planted about May, but you can plant some salad like rocket and spring onions now.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 15:01

Wow, there are some lovely colours about! I'm hoping to grow some rudbeckia. This beauty is just starting to open flowers - hollyhock 'antwerp'. I started it from seed this February - the other one germinated a month later, and looks like it's waiting 'til next year

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29131.jpg?width=273&height=350&mode=max

 

 

Discussions started by bookmonster

Bee watering hole

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Gloobe Artichoke/Perennial Veg

Advice needed! 
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Plant Ideas Needed

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Poorly Pear Tree

Can you help identify the problem? 
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Protecting Chard and Spinach

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Tomato Problems

 
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Mystery Plant (Again)

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Mystery Plant

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